2022/23 Season

Welcome to Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s 45th Anniversary Season!
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OCTOBER 15, 2022: 5:30p

GERSHWIN Girl Crazy Overture
STEPHENSON Violin Concerto
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs arr. Bennett

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Netanel Draiblate, Violin • Kimberly E. Jones, Soprano
Bill McMurray, Baritone • Chicago Community Chorus (Dr. Keith Hampton, Artistic Director/Founder)

IPO kicks off its 45th season opening on October 15th, 2022, at 5:30PM with a star-studded performance of Porgy and Bess, along with Stephenson’s Violin Concerto and Gershwin’s Girl Crazy Overture. The night will be highlighted by soloists Netanel Draiblate (violin), Kimberly E. Jones (soprano), Grammy award winner Bill McMurray (baritone) and the Chicago Community Chorus.

NOVEMBER 12, 2022: 7:30p

CZINER (Composer-in-Residence) World Premiere
MOZART The Impresario Overture

HAYDN Cello Concerto in C major
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, Classical

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Oliver Herbert, Cello 

IPO presents the works of three celebrated composers in Mozart, Haydn & Prokofiev along with the IPO debut of their newly christened Composer-In-Residence Jonathan Cziner. The evening features a solo performance by famed cellist Oliver Herbert on the Haydn concerto.

DECEMBER 17, 2022: 3:00p
Handel’s Messiah

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Kimberly E. Jones, Soprano
Annie Rosen, Mezzo-Soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, Tenor
Bill McMurray, Baritone
Chicago Community Chorus (Dr. Keith Hampton, Artistic Director/Founder)

IPO’s traditional holiday celebration returns with this family favorite program featuring an all-star cast of guest musicians including Kimberly E. Jones (soprano), Annie Rosen (mezzo-soprano), Ryan Townsend Strand (tenor), Grammy Award winner Bill McMurray (baritone) and the Chicago Community Chorus.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2023: 7:30p

CZINER (Composer-in-Residence) World Premiere
IYER Human Archipelago Midwest Premiere
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Inbal Segev, Cello

Inbal Segev, world-renowned cellist noted by The Washington Post for her “thrillingly projected, vibrato-rich playing,” joins IPO for what is sure to be a standout performance in the Midwest premiere of Vijay Iyer’s Human Archipelago. Iyer brings his work to IPO for only its third appearance worldwide after debuting with the London Philharmonic & then the Oregon Symphony. “Human Archipelago addresses the entangled processes of climate change & migration & the societal imbalances that are both their cause & their result,” muses Iyer. “The piece is intended to take the performers to a point of vulnerability & the brink of possibility that brings the music to life & expresses human inter-reliance.”

Performance made possible in part by

MARCH 11, 2023: 3:00p

DEBUSSY Children’s Corner
DEBUSSY Danse sacrée et danse profane
RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin
THOMAS Gwendolyn Brooks Settings World Premiere

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Lisa Tannebaum, Harp
Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

With a special afternoon matinee show time set for this youth-centered program, IPO will perform two works by Debussy – Children’s Corner and Danse sacrée et danse profane with Lisa Tannebaum on harp along with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. The program is completed with the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Gwendolyn Brooks Settings, a piece co-commissioned with the Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus that was originally prepared for an IPO performance in March of 2020, postponed for two seasons due to the pandemic.

Performance made possible in part by

APRIL 15, 2023: 7:30p
An Orchestral Celebration of Matthew Mantell

ESTILO Conflict Concerto
BRAGATO Graciela y Buenos Aires
POPPER Requiem
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Matthew Lipman, Viola
Emily Lewis Mantell, Cello
Sonia Mantell, Cello

This evening’s string-led program will be a lofty celebration of the life and talents of the late, longtime IPO principal violist Matthew Mantell. Taking center stage to celebrate Mantell will be his student and accomplished violist Matthew Lipman along with Mantell’s surviving wife & daughter, cellists Emily Lewis Mantell & Sonia Mantell. Lipman has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing.” Sonia Mantell is a cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra while Emily Lewis Mantell is a former principal & current section cellist with IPO.

MAY 13, 2023: 7:30p

CZINER (Composer-in-Residence) World Premiere
DVORAK Symphony No. 8
BEACH Symphony in E minor op. 32

Stilian Kirov, Conductor

IPO lowers the curtain on their 45th season with a stunning celebration of Dvořák and Beach. Additionally, Jonathan Cziner finishes out his run as IPO Composer-in-Residence.

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